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    Back up sewing machine

    I already have an embroidery sewing machine. However, I need a back up sewing machine for when my embroidery machine is in use. Only thing is, I would like to know if any of you out there could give me some feedback on a machine that would be under $300. I just need a basic stitch machine. Any ideas? Thanks.

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    i have this one
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Brother-Co...S6000I/4764726
    you can't really get a quilt under arm, though
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    Would you consider a used machine, one with more features but less cost? If so, check your LQS's and quilting guilds.
    I have also seen some really nice machines at estate sales.

    Personally, I'd take my FW over anything else if I had a fancier machine. and ... it didn't cost that much. I consider it an investment.

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    A vintage machine would be your best choice. A Singer 301, 401,501, FW etc. ALL can be purchased for under what you're looking to spend. Any other new machine in your price range will not compare in quality. :>

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    I went to a 2nd hand store and bought a Kenmore sewing machine for $5. It came with instructions and a box of extra feet and parts. It worked great but a month later the 2nd hand store called and said a lady was there looking for an inexpensive sewing machine to use to make uniforms for her son's school. So, I sold it to her for $5. I already have 2 sewing machines and knew this was the right thing to do. But check out 2nd hand stores.
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    I have a singer 99K as my back up. Does the trick and sews just a nice as my Pfaff.
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    I use my Featherweight or Singer 301 and love sewing on both. I do have an inexpensive Singer in a box somewhere but haven't taken it out of the box since buying my Pfaff.
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    You might want to check your Yellow Pages - check for Sewing Repair Shops - we have one about 2 miles from where I live - the man is honest - has great prices & lots of machines to look at & try - I find they have better prices than your local LQS

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    There are really great used machines. Do some shopping at the dealers, repair shops, craigs list, good will etc.

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    My favorite is my featherweight! It sews a wonderful straight stitch and does well on multiple layers of even heavier fabrics like denim.

    I also like the inexpensive Brother machine from Walmart. I passed mine on to a friend who did not have a machine. I had used it for over 3 years with no problems (other than broken needles from sewing over pins-my bad! or broken thread from letting it get wrapped around the spool pin when going too fast near the bottom of the spool).

    Either of these would fit nicely into your budget. The Brother has several built in stitches including zigzag while the featherweight will only do a straight stitch unless you have the zigzag attachment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    i have this one
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Brother-Co...S6000I/4764726
    you can't really get a quilt under arm, though
    My DD has one of these and loves it. Actually all 4 of my girls have brother machines, they all make quilts with them and a couple do other types of sewing too. so far no complaints or problems.

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    my 'back-up' machine is a 1956 singer 99-K; stitches like a dream- easy to maintain- goes to work/classes with me- cost me $20!
    but if you want something new- i recommend the inexpensive brother machines from wally world- you can pick one up between $89 & $139---good basic machines- my granddaugter's have been using them for 6 or 7 years now- no complaints- they do what they need them to
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    I would look for a Singer 66, or Singer 99.. I love to listen to the way they purr.. I'm not big on cats. I'm a dog person, but these machines really purr..
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    I was going to say that the Featherweights are sweet little sewers and very portable, too!
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    I recently found an Elna Supermatic at our local thrift store for $34 (ok, my husband spotted it). The cord was frayed so I couldn't test it, but a quick trip to the guy who maintains my singer FW and $100 later, and it a dream machine! I love it for piecing, and it came with cams for zigzag and five other stiches. So check you local thrift shop!

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    If you go to classes, a Janome Gem Gold is perfect.

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    I have a brother SQ-9050 and a brother XL-3500I I would recommend both, you can get the SQ9050 at walmart

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    Brother has some nice ones with lots of stitches I have the cs6000i my Mom and Sis have the 9500 and SIL has the 9550 - none of us have had any problems with them, mine is 4 years old , Mom and Sis a year old and SiL just got hers - all under 200.00 when bought new
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    I went to my fabric/machines store where I had purchased the Brother Innovis 4500 D, and bought a less expensive Brother machine for my sewing room and to take to do projects. I went with a machine that would thread.......been great, and it was a little under $300.

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    I have the Brother SQ9000 sewing and quilting I got at Walmart. It comes with the walking foot and other extras you use in quilting. I have had mine for a little over two years and love it so far.

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    Can't go wrong with a vintage machine. Usually inexpensive, and very reliable.
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    I have 2 brothers I would agree in your price range they are the best! I don't have any experience with vintage machines but they recommend them as well on here
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    I bought both my machines from my mom. She was going to trade them in for new machines. I just payed her what the trade in would be. My machines have been wonderful. You could go to a dealer and see what they have used. I haven't priced machines in so long, I don't know what a used one would be.
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    If you can't find a good sewing machine repair person in your area, you are probably better off with one of the newer machines. I've heard great things about the simple Brother machines.

    I was looking for a machine for my daughter, who moved across country to Denver, CO and wanted me to give her one of my old machines. Because of their weight and age, I tried looking first online for a repair person online in her new neighborhood but couldn't find one that had a good rating. I told her to check out Goodwill and any of the thrift stores in town to find one. She eventually stumbled onto an estate sale and got a beautiful Singer 15 for $50 with all parts and case. I sent her bobbins from my sewing machine guy in our home town, only to discover she had to move unexpectedly and left the machine behind.

    So now I'm looking for her birthday, probably to send her one through an online source! There are a lot of good machines out there. Take your time and you will be surprised at what is available.

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    If you can find a Japanese 15 you can work on it yourself if you can follow directions in a manual. There are parts for them. They are CHEAP - they free motion and piece very well. Great machine. They do need a case or a cabinet. You catch and we'll help you clean it down at the Vintage Sewing Machine Shop - the only dumb question is the one you don't ask. http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...ml#post5049306 that's a link to the shop
    Here is a link so you know what a Japanese 15 or a 15 clone looks like. http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...p-t164361.html On there, you can find pictures, manuals, repair manuals, videos - all kinds of info. The bobbins are cheap and easy to find - it takes regular needles. Do a bit of home work before you buy anything. You can find replacement motors, foot pedals, lights, bobbin winder tires, slide plates - what ever. They are heavy to haul around but they won't dance all over the place when you sew.
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